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Monday, October 22, 2018

Mets narrow GM search down to three: Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom

I say Melvin gets it.

On Monday, the Mets eliminated MLB executive Kim Ng and Tigers VP of player development Dave Littlefield from consideration, according to sources, leaving Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom as the remaining known candidates for the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 22, 2018 at 03:21 PM (#5772575)
I'm shocked that Littlefield didn't make the cut.

What happened with that Cardinals player development guy?
   2. CFBF Rides The Zombie Ice Dragon Posted: October 22, 2018 at 03:48 PM (#5772588)
"Brodie Van Wagenen?"
   3. PreservedFish Posted: October 22, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5772591)
Brodie Van Wagenen was on the crew team with Wilpon Jr.
   4. QLE Posted: October 22, 2018 at 03:58 PM (#5772597)
"Brodie Van Wagenen?"


Either a sports agent or the bad guy in some 1980s slobs versus snobs comedy, I believe.
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 22, 2018 at 04:00 PM (#5772599)

Brodie Van Wagenen

Agent for Tim Tebow, among others.

Apparently Neil Armstrong was his father-in-law.
   6. Lassus Posted: October 22, 2018 at 04:11 PM (#5772617)
This is depressing.
   7. Itchy Row Posted: October 22, 2018 at 04:13 PM (#5772620)
Hawk Harrelson would listen if the Mets called.

Actually, he would probably just talk over them.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: October 22, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5772624)
At least Kim Ng gets a boost to her frequent flyer miles every offseason.
   9. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: October 22, 2018 at 04:43 PM (#5772637)
An agent, even an ex-agent (even with a fairly long intervening time), becoming a GM seems like just asking for trouble, no matter how thoroughly they divest themselves of the agency stuff.
   10. PreservedFish Posted: October 22, 2018 at 05:05 PM (#5772661)
Agent for Tim Tebow


Makes sense. Sure.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: October 22, 2018 at 05:43 PM (#5772684)
Brodie Van Wagenen

I love the boldness of mom and pop doubling down on "Van Wagenen" by going with "Brodie" as a first name.

ooh, checked wiki. Brodie married Neil Armstrong's daughter. EDIT: Dammit, I have to gave in Inge to Dave, and that is never supposed to happen.

I can picture those awkward conversations as he shows up for their fourth or fifth date.

"Son, I have been to the moon. Have YOU been to the moon yet, IF you know what I mean - and I think you do?" [elbow to the ribs]

Brodie's wife is named Molly, and they both went to Stanford. of course they did.

Brodie went to Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA, where similarly-named Trevor Plouffe also went through about $70K in high school tuition to graduate. actual school motto: Zelo Zelatus Sum Pro Domino Deo Exercituum. (With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of Hosts.)

Brodie, at CAA Sports, landed Cespedes his current three-year, $75M with the Mets that is paying off so handsomely (for Cespedes). also the 10-year, $240M that got Robinson Cano away from the Yankees and into relative witness protection.

I am all aboard the Brodie train!
   12. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 22, 2018 at 05:55 PM (#5772691)
With zeal have I been zealous
Well, yeah. What's Latin for "With redundancy I have reiterated myself?"

And I do expect someone here to be able to actually answer that.
   13. PreservedFish Posted: October 22, 2018 at 06:17 PM (#5772708)
Wonder if he'll bring on Gussy Fink-Nottle or Tuppy Glossop.
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 22, 2018 at 06:27 PM (#5772712)
Candidates will have to pass an initial screening, meaning the use of a first initial followed by full middle name.
   15. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 22, 2018 at 08:02 PM (#5772734)
An agent, even an ex-agent (even with a fairly long intervening time), becoming a GM seems like just asking for trouble


It certainly went well when Dave Stewart ran the Diamondbacks.
   16. Walt Davis Posted: October 22, 2018 at 10:37 PM (#5772791)
Based on the examples, Mr. van Wagonen is welcome to negotiate on my behalf at any time.
   17. Shock Posted: October 23, 2018 at 02:42 AM (#5772840)
I Love that Chaim Bloom isn't even the name that is interesting for us to be talking about. Chaim Bloom?
   18. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: October 23, 2018 at 06:48 AM (#5772845)
van Wagonen is also Jacob deGrom's agent RIGHT NOW. That seems like a conflict of interest in a massive way.

Bloom is with the Rays as Assistant GM, and my memory of Melvin is of him doing a pretty good job with the Brewers, so either of them will likely be cromulent.
   19. Adam Starblind Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM (#5772848)
I Love that Chaim Bloom isn't even the name that is interesting for us to be talking about. Chaim Bloom?


It's a very Jewish name. Anything else interesting?
   20. Adam Starblind Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM (#5772849)

It certainly went well when Dave Stewart ran the Diamondbacks.


At least he could teach how to throw a forkball.
   21. PreservedFish Posted: October 23, 2018 at 08:06 AM (#5772857)
Is he related to Leopold?
   22. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: October 23, 2018 at 08:20 AM (#5772861)
Is he related to Leopold?


Imagine if you ran a team with no intention of winning ballgames.
   23. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 23, 2018 at 08:50 AM (#5772876)
Apparently Neil Armstrong was his father-in-law.

and his father is the district attorney
   24. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 23, 2018 at 09:38 AM (#5772896)
I Love that Chaim Bloom isn't even the name that is interesting for us to be talking about. Chaim Bloom?


I was going to say that two of these guys have names that sound very New York City to me, in very different ways. Delancey Street vs. Park Avenue.
   25. formerly dp Posted: October 23, 2018 at 10:38 AM (#5772947)
Question 1 for the finalists: It's April 25th, and Amed Rosario goes down for the year with a dislocated spleen. You've heard through the grapevine that Jose Reyes would listen if the Mets called. What do you do?
A) Call Jose Reyes
B) Not call Jose Reyes
   26. PreservedFish Posted: October 23, 2018 at 10:53 AM (#5772955)
I think I'm done with Reyes.
   27. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 23, 2018 at 10:56 AM (#5772956)

van Wagonen is also Jacob deGrom's agent RIGHT NOW. That seems like a conflict of interest in a massive way.

I'm sure Van Wagonen would have to divest of any financial interest in CAA before becoming the GM. But hopefully it would help the Mets retain deGrom to hire his (former) agent.

I was going to say that two of these guys have names that sound very New York City to me, in very different ways. Delancey Street vs. Park Avenue.

I had a similar thought, especially when Kim Ng was also still in the running. I look forward to the Broadway play / 80s nostalgia movie about this GM search.

Bloom was a Classics major at Yale and wrote a few articles for BPro, the first one when he was 14 years old.
   28. PreservedFish Posted: October 23, 2018 at 10:58 AM (#5772957)
Actual answers:

Melvin: "B. Call Jose Reyes"
Van Wagenen: "My client Jed Lowrie has just demanded a trade, and is looking for an extension."
Bloom: "I'm planning to hide Jerry Blevins at shortstop when a righty is up."
   29. formerly dp Posted: October 23, 2018 at 10:58 AM (#5772958)
I think I'm done with Reyes.
Hopefully New Mets GM is too...
   30. Cooper Nielson Posted: October 23, 2018 at 01:58 PM (#5773171)
This will always be what the name "Brodie van Wagenen" means to me. This was my dorm and the guy he punched was a friend of mine. I was probably at this party, though I did not see it happen.

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